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MyPhotoSchool - Online Photo Course Verdict

Here's Emma's verdict on MyPhotoSchool after completing a four week landscape photography course.

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I've now reached the end of the road with MyPhotoSchool course, but I'll be sure to keep getting out and taking photos – I've got the bug now!

My feedback for last week's final assignment was yet again very positive, but honest. In my photo to demonstrate good foreground and background detail, for example, my tutor Sue, thought that the sheep in the background were a little too far away to provide a good level of background interest. I'll bear in mind how far away my background interest next time. It's little things like this that can improve a photo loads.

No Fishing

I'd love to do another MyPhotoSchool course sometime in the future, as I think I've learned a lot in just 4 weeks. Here's my verdict on the course.

MyPhotoSchool Quality of advice

My Tutor, Sue Bishop, is a professional landscape photographer and so she knew what she was talking about. The 20 minute tutorial video every week was full of her lovely photos, demonstrating her skill in every single chapter of this course. It was reassuring to know that she is an expert in the subject in every chapter we covered. The advice given was clear and simple to understand, using layman’s terms rather than complicated photography language that a relatively new photographer like me might not understand. The things we were told in the course definitely gave us a core understanding of the areas we needed to demonstrate our understanding in.

landscapeMyPhotoSchool Delivery of Information

Delivery of information came mostly from 20 minute tutorial video and a transcript of that video, which is useful for when you are in a rush as you can read through it at your own pace. Delivery of information in the video was easy to follow, but was a quite a slow pace, Some people may like this and it is down to personal preference but I think a faster paced video may have held my attention better sometimes.

Delivery of the feedback information was very good, I got feedback no longer than two days after submitting an assignment, meaning I wasn't left in the dark for too long. Feedback was always given before the next week's assignment was unlocked , too, giving you advice that you can carry with you to the next week's tasks. The feedback from Sue was quite interactive too, which gets you thinking about and discussing your work. She asked me questions about my photos to learn more about how I took them so she could advise be the best way possible.

MyPhotoSchool Value for money 

At first glance, courses look quite expensive at £145 for a four week course. But when you think about it, it breaks down to £30 for each week, which is not bad at all for what you get. A tutor on hand all the time if you have any questions, a tutorial video every week, and detailed personalised feedback for your work are just some of the features that come with enrolling in a MyPhotoSchool Course.

Unfortunately on my course there didn't seem to be anyone else taking part in it. When you have more coursemates, you can all discuss each other's work and communicate in the forum, which sadly is something that I didn't get to take part in. This would have encouraged me to come back to the site more often, as I only really visited it to watch my tutorial, submit my work and get my feedback.

MyPhotoSchool Verdict 

Overall, I have enjoyed MyPhotoSchool experience. At first, it was a little daunting going out and taking photos with no real idea if I was any good or not, but I realised that the more I got out and took photos, the better I got. The assignments were varied and got me thinking about photography in different ways, which is key to broadening your horizons and getting some stunning photos. I have definitely learned a thing or two about landscape photography, and photography in general about what makes a good shot. I just wish there had been more people on the course for me to talk with who were on the same level as me.

MyPhotoSchool Pros

MyPhotoSchool is a great way to learn and practice photography.
Expert advice
Quick personalised feedback
Very good support

MyPhotoSchool Cons

Site sometimes wouldn't load properly
Lack of other students of same level to interact with


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